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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

More elderly public servants? No thanks, we're sorted

public service.

Noel Towell A push to swell ranks of the Australian public service’s grey army looks set to meet resistance.

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Staff forced to reapply for jobs in Treasury spill and fill


Primrose Riordan and Noel Towell Public servants on maternity leave and new graduates from the Treasury Department are being forced to apply for their own jobs.

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Bullies: $4.5 million. CSIRO: Nil

CSIRO headquarters.

Noel Towell The CSIRO has paid lawyers $4.5 million to investigate bullying allegations that dogged the organisation for years but without a single instance of workplace bullying recorded.

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More than 100 public service whistleblowers come forward each month

Protection for whistleblowers.

Noel Towell More than 100 allegations are being made each month of crime, corruption or serious incompetence by Commonwealth government officials under whistleblower protections laws.

Department of Human Services wage poll plan collapses


Noel Towell Plans for a snap poll on a key wage deal for tens of thousands of public servants collapsed on Monday evening. 

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Government demands details of APS union links

Tim Lyons from the ACTU.

Noel Towell Public service agencies and departments have been bluntly asked if they have made payments to the trade unions targeted by the Abbott Government’s Royal Commission into the union movement.

Leaked: Defence pay rise offer two per cent below inflation


Noel Towell The Defence Department looks set to offer its 20,000 public servants pay rises of just 0.9 per cent - more than two per cent below inflation.

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DHS's wage ballot is huge for everyone in the APS


Noel Towell If DHS bosses pull off an audacious industrial smash-and-grab by winning the snap poll of their 30,000 workers, it will be a stunning victory for the Coalition's public sector industrial relations...

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DHS bypasses union with snap wages poll

Senator Doug Cameron has accused the government of “threats” and “aggressive” industrial tactics in pursuit of its cost-cutting agenda.

Noel Towell Federal opposition accuses government of “aggressive” tactics against Commonwealth’s biggest department.

DHS workers offered 1.15 per cent pay rise at most


Noel Towell The federal government has offered tens of thousands of public servants at its biggest department a pay deal that is nearly 2 per cent below inflation.

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Don't go, Carol: Five reasons to turn down a job in London

Carol Mills.

Noel Towell Don't go Carol: five reasons why Parliamentary Service's boss Carol Mills should refuse the job as Clerk of the House of Commons and stay in with us in Canberra

Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills in line for job as Britain’s House of Commons Clerk

Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills

Noel Towell A senior Canberra public servant is the frontrunner for the prestigious job of Britain's House of Commons Clerk.

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Department of Human Services wants to rip $250 million from its staff bill, union claims


Noel Towell Public servants at the federal government’s largest department are being asked to “consider” giving up $250 million in extra work, scheduled pay rises and annual leave.

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Fighting the Tax Office? It pays to be rich

Audit disputes: Sydney's Gary Kurzer is suing the Tax Office for nearly $6 million.

Noel Towell Some of Australia’s “high wealth individuals” have found it pays to take on the tax man, according the nation’s Auditor-General.

Anti-gay and anti-Islam activists team up

Bernard Gaynor is contesting his dismissal by the army.

Noel Towell One of Australia's highest-profile anti-gay activists has recruited one of the nation's busiest anti-Islam campaigners to help him get his job back as an Army Reserve officer.

ATO says it won't design its systems around cheats

ATO responds to insiders on its ability to catch tax dodgers.

Noel Towell The Australian Taxation Office says it will design its internal systems for the majority of honest taxpayers, not the minority of cheats.

Union outrage as Human Services prepares 'shocker' squeeze on work conditions

The Department of Human Services is facing a battle for unpaid work.

Noel Towell The federal government's biggest department is accused of trying to squeeze an extra $100m of work each year from its public servants - for free.

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Public servant flees town after chainsaw attack

The scene at Flax House after the incident took place.

Noel Towell A terrified Department of Human Services public servant has left Canberra in the wake of last year’s chainsaw attack at the department’s Tuggeranong offices.

Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a replica of a F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The jobs cull is expected to cut the DSTO's technical team for the plane from six scientists to two.

Noel Towell Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts.

Community and Public Sector Union wants talks with Employment Minister Eric Abetz

Noel Towell and Phil Thomson The nation's biggest public service union is trying to force Employment Minister Eric Abetz and other powerful federal government figures to the negotiating table.